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Quotes of the Day for 3 October 2001 – Gore Vidal

After two days of quotes from dedicated peacemakers, my cynical side was delighted to find that today marks the 1925 birth of Gore Vidal at West Point, New York. A skilled wordsmith, I particularly enjoy his historical novels, he has scandalized and alienated a wide range of America's elite with his unconventional thinking and his wicked aphorisms.

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You will find an expanded profile, photo, additional biographical links, and all quotes from this author on the author's Notable Quotable page.

The quotes:

Realism has always been called cynicism.

Teaching has ruined more American novelists than drink.

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.

Never have children, only grandchildren.

It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.
     - All today's quotes are from Gore Vidal

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